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Coffs Harbour Session 1 Session 1

Unit Summary

Unit type

Hons Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Reviews statistical methods and concepts and considers research methodology and data analysis at an advanced level.  Modern approaches to null hypothesis testing and alternative approaches to data analysis are considered. The construction and analysis of psychometric tests is discussed.

Unit content

  • Systematic reviews
  • Review of research methods, especially analysis of variance and linear regression
  • Designing research projects in Psychology, and power analysis
  • The logic of null hypothesis significance testing
  • The empirical bases underpinning the construction of widely used cognitive and personality assessments
  • Factor analysis
  • Multiple regression
  • Analysis of covariance
  • Multivariate analysis of variance
  • The practicalities of producing a research report, including graphs and APA format.
  • Introduction to advanced statistical analysis

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Be familiar with the different approaches to psychological research, and design a project that accounts for potential confounding factors
2 Be familiar with the traditional approach to null hypothesis significance testing and its associated flaws.
3 Analyse complex research data using the IBM-SPSS software package
4 Apply a relevant statistical technique to analyse a set of research data, report on the outcomes and produce a systematic review
5 Construct a psychometric test, and test its reliability and dimensionality using factor analysis.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Be familiar with the different approaches to psychological research, and design a project that accounts for potential confounding factors
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  2. Be familiar with the traditional approach to null hypothesis significance testing and its associated flaws.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. Analyse complex research data using the IBM-SPSS software package
    • GA4:
  4. Apply a relevant statistical technique to analyse a set of research data, report on the outcomes and produce a systematic review
    • GA4:
  5. Construct a psychometric test, and test its reliability and dimensionality using factor analysis.
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Field, A, 2013, Discovering Statistics using SPSS, 4th edn, Sage Publications Ltd, London. ISBN: 978-1-4462-4918-5.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.